Davey Suicide: Davey Suicide

Industrial wannabes spend too long at the Xerox machine

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They’re the band your mother warned you about. Apparently. LA industrial metallers Davey Suicide whip up the cream of the late 90s scene and top it with modern swagger on their self-titled debut.

The twisted beats and schoolyard chants of introductory number Cross Your Heart untangle to reveal the first single Generation Fuck Star, from last year’s Put Our Trust In Suicide EP. The catchy anthem opens the album with a gigantic ‘fuck you’ that unfortunately gets diluted over the next 13 tracks.

Suicide’s distorted vocals shout out songs about revenge, sex, violence and refusing to conform and, like Motionless In White, these gothic poster boys are into their Marilyn Manson; the cheerleader chant from the melodic Sick Suicide is particularly reminiscent of mOBSCENE, for starters.

Their music is also heavily influenced by the likes of KMFDM, Dope, Static-X and White Zombie. But the big problem with emulating heroes is the danger of sounding like a tired copy and, more often that not, Davey Suicide fall into this category. This debut has promise but it sadly comes across as rushed and under-produced.

Natasha Scharf
Deputy Editor, Prog

Contributing to Prog since the very first issue, writer and broadcaster Natasha Scharf was the magazine’s News Editor before she took up her current role of Deputy Editor, and has interviewed some of the best-known acts in the progressive music world from ELP, Yes and Marillion to Nightwish, Dream Theater and TesseracT. Starting young, she set up her first music fanzine in the late 80s and became a regular contributor to local newspapers and magazines over the next decade. The 00s would see her running the dark music magazine, Meltdown, as well as contributing to Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Terrorizer and Artrocker. Author of music subculture books The Art Of Gothic and Worldwide Gothic, she’s since written album sleeve notes for Cherry Red, and also co-wrote Tarja Turunen’s memoirs, Singing In My Blood. Beyond the written word, Natasha has spent several decades as a club DJ, spinning tunes at aftershow parties for Metallica, Motörhead and Nine Inch Nails. She’s currently the only member of the Prog team to have appeared on the magazine’s cover.